Saturday, 11 August 2012
One instance of NSW North Coast police assaulting a person in their custody has broken free from the hidden pool of local knowledge and made it into the full light of day.
Magistrate David Heilpern yesterday released the damning security footage of the attack, saying it clearly showed officers had lied about being assaulted by Aboriginal man Corey Barker.
Officers had previously told the court that the footage was unavailable as it was damaged - only for the court to ultimately ''repair'' it and play it to the hearing.
David Heilpern is to be commended for supporting the citizen's right to know how state institutions and their personnel conduct themselves.